I, Hon. Uko Nkole, have paid a condolence visit to the family of Mr. Friday Stanley Ota, the young man who was shot dead by a Policeman at Ohafia today.
I rushed to the scene of the incident to pacify the rampaging youths and also to assess the levels of damages done to both Government and private property arising from protests over the unfortunate killing and maiming by the errant police officers.
I urged the family of the bereaved to bear the loss with fortitude and expressed regret that the promising young man was cut down even before his life could take off.
I assured the family that I would work with the Abia State Government and security agencies to ensure justice for the deceased and prayed God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.
I visited the Mben Hospital where the four victims of the police incident were being treated for the following various injuries,
Master Miracle Olugu that had gun shot piercing through his buttocks ,
ii. Mrs. Ijeoma Ezeikpe 60years who got Suffocated by the Tear Gas Fumes and currently being resuscitated and in a very stable condition
iii. Mr. Okoro Dike 30years had a Severe Traumatic Head Injury from a Physical assault and
iv. Mrs. Akanele Amogu 84years old woman who is under resuscitation as she was brought in unconscious as she was said to have collapsed on account of Shock from the random Gun-shot blast.
I assisted them with some funds for their upkeep and assured them that I will brief His Excellency Governor Okezie Ikpeazu on the outcome especially the settlement of the hospital bills. I wished them speedy recovery.
I proceeded for on the spot visit of the following damaged facilities
Ohafia Area command office.
The Ohafia Divisional police Barracks.
High Court and Magistrate Court complexes.
And the residence of the DPO Ohafia in company of the14 Brigade commander Brigadier General SB Kumapayi and the Area Commander ACP Toyin Sulyman.
I had interactions with them on the need to maintain peace on both sides. I was impressed by the level of professionalism exhibited by the 14 Brigade Commander in handling the civilians during the fracas devoid of any form of brutality to the protesters.
In his submission the Area Commander reported that all the three errant officers has been arrested and handed over to the State police command head quarters in umuahia successfully.
I urged them to continue to maintain the highest level of civil relations in line with best global practices with the populace in the spirit of peaceful coexistence and on the need to foster a lasting peace .Normalcy has returned to the troubled community and I urge the community to sustain the peace by abide by the laws without fear of intimidation.
I was accompanied on the visit by the Transition Committee chairman of Ohafia Prince Fred Eke Idika, Mr Daniel Ogbuagu Deputy Transition chairman Arochukwu LGA, Chief Kingsley Eke Imaga Immediate Past Abia State commissioner for transport and President General Elu Ohafia Development Town Union respectively.